Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2018

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54 Medical Construction & Design | J U LY/AUGUST 2018 | MCDM AG.COM When designing a healthcare facility, there tends to be quite a few "givens." It's a given that mechanical equipment will be located on the roof, or that heavy and large equipment will be on the lowest fl oor or that the lobby is always on the ground fl oor. But sometimes, for reasons not always within one's control, certain decisions need to be made about layout of rooms, placement of ma- chinery or access to adjacent departments, which require rethinking even the most given of design standards. Yet despite these design modifi cations not typically being thought of as a best practice, or even simply the norm, the results of these requirements can be unexpect- edly positive. Typically, imaging depart- ments are located on the ground fl oor of a healthcare facility. One reason why is the weight and the cost of the structural steel to install them on a composite metal deck. The sounds and vibrations of these machines also travel more eas- ily to a space below, which then requires additional acoustic and anti-vibration solutions. The drawback of this location is the quench vent from each MRI takes up space in intermedi- ate fl oors and requires more maintenance. Location, location, location In the case of Winchester Hospital Imaging at Unicorn Park in Woburn, Massachusetts, Solutions Unconventional When a given design method for MRI equipment doesn't work BY TONY CAVALLARO, WILLIAM EPP & SUSIE FESTEL

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